During this time of year, many people in the area are focusing on their holiday plans. Often, these plans involve travel, exchanging gifts, attending parties, and other things that people enjoy. While no one is planning on getting into an accident with a commercial truck, the reality is that someone undoubtedly will.
According to the National Retail Federation, many retail businesses experience as much as 30 percent of their annual sales during the holidays, prompting them to stock up on inventory. Similarly, many restaurants experience more volume during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, resulting in an increased demand on their supply chain. These and similar pressures result in more trucks being on the road during the holidays, which can increase your chances of being involved in an accident with one.
What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident with a Commercial Truck?
In the unfortunate event that you are one of the unlucky drivers who is involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle this holiday season, there are certain steps that you should take to make sure that your legal rights are protected. These include the following:
- Remain calm. Do not apologize for the accident or say or do anything that may indicate that you were at fault. Exchange information with the truck driver and make note of any dangerous conditions that may have caused your accident. Take photographs of the aftermath, including any damage to the truck that may have existed before your accident.
- See a physician. You should do this even if you do not think that you were seriously hurt. Doing so will generate a record of your injuries and ensure that you start treatment immediately.
- Call a lawyer. Retaining legal counsel is the most effective thing you can do to protect your rights.
Call a Truck Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a large truck, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. At McEwen & Kestner, PLLC, we are committed to helping victims of truck accident recover for their losses. If you are unable to come meet with us at our office, we will come see you at a time that is convenient for you at your home or in the hospital. To schedule a free case evaluation, call our office today at 800-732-3070 or contact us online.